June 6th, 2012
Judy M. Reigel, 64, of 40 Delaware Ave. in James City, died Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
Born April 27, 1948 in Buckhannon, W.Va., she was the daughter of Egbert T. and Virgie D. Depoy Farnsworth.Â On April 29, 1967 in James City, she married Robert M. Reigel, who survives.
The borough of Kane plans to hire a private company to handle sewer bills.
Acting at its meeting Tuesday, the Kane Borough Council took preliminary action to appoint the Pennsylvania Municipal Service Company (PAMS) to issue and collect sewer bills.
The Pennsylvania American Water Company, which serves Kane with water, has been handling the sewer bills.
But the company later this year plans to end its role for billings other than for water for its entire service area, including Kane.
Zook Motors is planning to construct a new 48x96-foot building adjacent to its existing complex on Route 6 west of Kane.
According to information unveiled Tuesday at a meeting of the Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors, the new building will serve as a "detail shop" for the longtime business.
The supervisors endorsed the project, which now will go the McKean County Planning Commission for its approval.
In other business at the 73-minute meeting at the township building on Spring Street in East Kane, the supervisors:
MT. JEWETT â€“ Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers of State College is seeking an agreement to provide engineering services to the borough of Mt. Jewett.
According to a presentation made Monday at a meeting of the Mt. Jewett Borough Council, the company is ready to help the borough solve certain problems with its water service.
Speaking at the meeting, Uni-Tec President Patrick Ward said the company would "provide good services" to help remedy a "very low water pressure condition on Maple Lane."
Ward said the "only solution" is to install a small pump station.
Becky Christian can thank her husbandâ€™s passion for the outdoors for leading her to Kane where sheâ€™s had a 36-year teaching career.
Because he enjoyed hunting and fishing, Christian applied for a teaching job in Kane after graduating from Thiel College in 1976.
A native of Beaver near Pittsburgh, Christian said she had â€śnever heard of Kaneâ€ť before coming here for her first job interview after college graduation.
She learned the â€śnext dayâ€ť that she had been offered the job of kindergarten teacher at the former Clay Street Elementary School in Kane.
M. Althea Weilacher, 98, formerly of Owl's Nest and Yarnall Street in Kane, died late Friday evening, June 1, 2012 at Elk Haven Nursing Home in St. Marys.
Born Jan. 16, 1914 in Masten, she was the daughter of Domer R. and Beatrice A. Danley Derr.Â On Aug. 30, 1931 in Clarendon, she married Daniel E. Weilacher, who died in 1973.
Mrs. Weilacher was a nurse's aide for several years at the Kane Community Hospital, then later worked at Stackpole in Kane, also for several years.
James E. Brinkley, 88, a resident of The Lutheran Home at Kane, formerly of Smithfield Avenue, Kane, died early Friday morning, June 1, 2012 at the Kane Community Hospital.
BornÂ May 16, 1924 in Sigel, he was the son of Conrad and Mary Cyphert Brinkley.Â On May 10, 1952 in Ridgway, he married Donna M. Nearing, who died in 2009.
Mr. Brinkley was Army sergeant in the 5th infantry during WWII, having served three years in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre, three years in Italy, and also in Okinawa.Â Â Later, he worked at Stackpole in Kane for 28 years, retiring in 1986.
Sue Grolemund, a Kane native, is wrapping up a 37-year career as an elementary school teacher in her hometown.
"After all these years, I still love what I'm doing," Grolemund said in reflecting on her long career as an educator of young children. "I've had a rewarding experience every day. I'm going to miss the kids and my peers."
Grolemund is the daughter of the late Clair and Jane McNeill of Kane. She has two brothers-- Larry of Kane and Dan of New Jersey-- and one sister-- Lori Wilson of Vermont.
Irene Oddy Houpt, 94, ofÂ Allegheny Forest area passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2012, at her residence.
Born June 28, 1917, in West Cowick, U.K., she was a daughter of Ben Ross and Beatrice Griscom Mercer Oddy.Â In 1969, in Philadelphia, she married Raul R. Houpt who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Houpt had been an administrative secretary for the British Consulate in Pittsburgh. She also had been employed by Walter H. Eagan, Co. Inc., Smith Koch, Co. Inc., Franklin Institute Research Center and Arvin Calspan, Inc. all in Philadelphia
May has been an emotional month for Sue VanGiesen whose son, Kenneth, was killed last July while serving in Afghanistan with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
First there was Mother's Day.
Next, the Kane woman and her family were invited guests at a memorial service May 20 at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Gov. Tom Corbett spoke at the ceremony held by the Guard's 28th Infantry Division.
Then came Memorial Day earlier this week.
"Memorial Day brought back a lot of feelings and thoughts," Sue said with tears in her eyes. "It's not getting easier."